Of late I have been intentionally abrasive on social media. There are multiple reasons for this. One of the more simple reasons was to test a defensive and offensive tactic. Distilled into an abstract term, it can be described as Tactical Appropriation.
Tactical Appropriation is a method which you can adopt to achieve devastating results against your opponents.
The premise of tactical appropriation is to appropriate all tactics used by your enemy and use them to defend yourself, usually via counterattack. It is near in kinship to a tactic summed up by the old adage, “the best defense is a good offense.”
But it is much better summed up by the Bible: “Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.“
Anyone familiar with the Bible may remember that Jesus had some choice word to say about this concept during his famous “Sermon on the Mount.” Without going into a long debate concerning Jesus’ more “celestial” or “heavenly” law compared to Moses’ “terrestrial,” and “temporal” law, all I will say on the subject is that Moses’ law reflects Jesus’ law. The idea is the same for both: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Or as Jesus put his second greatest commandment, “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”
Moses law attempted to circumvent sin and crime via lex talionis. If you committed a crime, the punishment would be equivalent to what you did to your neighbor.
Gouge out an eye, and you get your eye gouged out.
Jesus tried to circumvent sin and crime using the same concept. If you love your neighbor as yourself, and don’t want your eye gouged out, then don’t gouge out your neighbor’s eye. He advocated for a spiritual precondition rather than temporal punishment post factum.
The other aspect of this is the concept of turning the other cheek. I will just point out now that it is not wrong to turn the other cheek.
It is also not wrong to retaliate in self-defense.
Jesus’ celestial or heavenly law generally has the reputation of being more merciful than the law of Moses and less retaliatory. Paradoxically, it’s even worse for the original perpetrator of a crime or sin to have his victim return kindness for evil.
In fact, it could be argued that by not retaliating you are making it worse for your enemy than by literally defending yourself from his attacks.
By not retaliating, you are condemning your enemy to a fate worse than death. Turning your cheek is already a form of retaliation.
If someone attacks you, or attacks your beliefs, you have the moral prerogative to retaliate.
When you defend yourself from attack, you are morally and ethically authorized to use any and every method and tactic which your enemy first uses against you. This is the law as interpreted by both Moses and Jesus.
Martyrs are, of course, rewarded in heaven more handsomely than those who died fighting for a righteous cause. But nobody wants to die, and nobody likes losing.
Very few people have what it takes to be a martyr. As an every day Joe, you should develop an ability to defend yourself.
One way of defending yourself is via Tactical Appropriation.
Tactical Appropriation is the method necessary to successfully defend against a ruthless attacker.
Your enemies are ruthless. They will escalate their tactics to overwhelm and defeat you.
If they use rhetoric to attack you, use rhetoric to attack them. If they insult you, insult them back. If they pull a knife on you, pull a knife on them. If they pull a gun, draw your own gun.
Remember, you are not trying to get revenge. Defending yourself is not revenge.
Defend yourself successfully by using their own tactics against them. Do not escalate until they escalate. You aren’t limited to their tactics, you are only limited by their level of escalation.
Once your enemy crosses the line, you have officially lost ground and are in the process of being invaded. You must cross the line in retaliation and take back every inch you lost, or you will lose it forever. The best defense is a good offense.
In order to retake lost ground, you must be willing to invade enemy territory.
Sometimes escalation is unavoidable. In order to win your battles, you must escalate to at least the same degree as your opponent. When your enemy attacked you, they already threw kindness out the window. It is not kind to attack someone.
In order to defeat your attacker, you must also throw kindness out the window. War, by its very nature, is unkind and cruel. Therefore, wage war like a soldier of Christ and reestablish Christendom. Turning your cheek is an option only if you wish to be a martyr.
But to be a martyr, you have to die first.
I suggest you fight, and live.
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